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Video: Mycestro, a 3D Mouse for the Next Generation

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Elizabeth M
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Cure for repetitive stress?
Elizabeth M   4/4/2013 6:40:35 AM
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That's quite cool and I can see how it might be a bit more ergonomic and help cure repetitve stress that comes with using a mouse. I have a very sore right wrist from my years of computer user and would love to try something like this.

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78RPM   5/3/2013 3:08:34 PM
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Good comment on the ergonomic benefit, Elizabeth. Here's another ergonomic benefit. When my right hand leaves the keyboard to access my mouse, I have to return and make my index finger find the little bump on the J key (I'm a touch typist).  Think of all the lost seconds in my career I have lost by doing this. This device means I never have to lose tactile sense of the keyboard.

Oh, gee, I wonder if it's possible to get a thumb cramp.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   5/6/2013 9:37:30 AM
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Interesting perspective on this, 78RPM. Indeed, there is a lot of time lost not to mention stress on joints and muscles induced by products that don't take into consideration ergonomics!

Rob Spiegel
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Interesting product
Rob Spiegel   4/4/2013 12:58:05 PM
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While this is a clever product, Cabe, is there much of a market for a new mouse. I would guss that laptop touchpads and touch screens supercede this need. Maybe I'm wrong, but this product looks like a new device for a buggy at the beginning of the automotive explosion.

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awerle   4/9/2013 10:47:37 AM
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Rob, while touchpads and touchscreens are ubiquitous, they are not necessarily endearing.  Similarly, the mouse persists not because we love it but because it is cheap and "good enough."  Having to reach for any HMI is a very un-ergonomic method, and ironically a touch screen is nearly identical to the long since abandoned light pen (of course, we did not have 4 inch screens back then)!

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Rob Spiegel   4/10/2013 5:42:25 PM
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Awerle, you're right about four-inch screens. They change everything. Mobile devices caught on much more quicky than I expected. I think the mobile screen has created problems for many web-based companies, since it's hard to sell ad real estate if the audience is looking at a tiny screen.

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Cabe Atwell   4/19/2013 4:30:15 PM
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I have never seen a single mobile ad that got me to say, "hey I need that." The industry should really wake up to reality.

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Rob Spiegel   4/22/2013 3:52:42 PM
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I agree, Cabe. So far, it seems noboy has come up with a way to tap this market effectively. Where's the Adwords for mobile? I don't see it yet.

Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   4/22/2013 5:32:39 PM
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I read that facebook is switching to audio ads for mobile platforms. They will even be interactive.

I would hate that immediately.

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Rob Spiegel   4/24/2013 12:13:13 AM
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I agree, Cabe. I think audio ads would be weak. For one, a good portion of the Facebook audience accesses the site during high school and mid school classes. 

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Cabe Atwell   4/26/2013 4:30:40 PM
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Shouldn't they be busy with homework and studies, not their phone?

Perhaps school should take place entirely on their phones too... good idea... PATENT PENDING!!!

C

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Rob Spiegel   4/29/2013 11:34:23 AM
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Good idea, Cabe. If school were delivered via a smart phone, it would hold the attention of high schoolers and mid schoolers. 

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Cabe Atwell   5/3/2013 2:47:36 PM
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More like an easy way for everyone to cheat. Most kids I know do not seem to be the technical type. It seems every child thinks they will become the next big entertainer or artist.

On the flip side, most engineering grads I know can not find jobs. They are all out of the country.

Sad state of affairs, indeed.

C

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78RPM   5/3/2013 3:01:22 PM
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It's a good question, Rob. But I think there is still a use for a mouse in precision editing work, e.g., audio and video and photography. As you can tell from my handle (78RPM) I edit sound recordings of my huge 78RPM record collection going back to 1895.  I also edit photos and drawings at the individual pixel level. For these applications, I need an accurate pointer. I just can't do this on a tablet because my fingertip is too big. Old fashioned I am, but I think the mouse and PC/Mac have some good years in their old age.

Jerry Cogswell

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Greg M. Jung   4/4/2013 9:20:37 PM
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Nice idea.  If this input device is accurate, easy to use and comfortable, I can see this possibly being a good alternative to those who have carpal tunnel syndrome.  Instead of larger muscle movements in the wrist and arm area, this device appears to allow smaller more subtle movements for the same mouse control features.

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Cabe Atwell   4/5/2013 1:59:56 AM
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I think a better interface is in order for tight spaces. Eye tracking, hand/arm tracking is the next step.

However, this is a great stop-gap solution. Could be a great addition to the CAD drafting scene.

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Cabe Atwell   4/5/2013 3:01:51 AM
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Greg & Elizabeth.

Here comes carpal tunnel and RSI of the index finger! I think that might be even worse.

I think all these issues should be dealt with by not using computers... I used to be a hard-core CAD drafter. I did infrastructure mapping for Chicago, I drew bridges, and machine components for a day jobs, while designing paintball markers in the evening for a side endeavor. My wrists were in bad shape, even with exercises and other gear. My solution?

I quit.

I left the day job(s) to do circuit design. It had a lot of hands on lab work, which took my hand off the keyboard and mouse. In about a year, I recovered. A lifestyle change every now and then is key.

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Mycestro
apresher   4/5/2013 9:23:09 AM
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Cabe,  Have you tried one yourself?  Looks interesting.

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Cabe Atwell   4/9/2013 5:47:41 PM
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Apresher,

Since it is in the prototype phase, pre-production, I haven't had a chance to try it. But, I do hope to get an early version to review.

C

Bryan Goss
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Can it be used on the left hand?
Bryan Goss   4/5/2013 10:45:13 AM
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It is hard to tell in the video if it is usable on the left hand.

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Bryan Goss   4/5/2013 10:50:37 AM
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Never mind, found it on the order form for Mycestro. Comes left or right or a package of one of each.

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